I’m posting a video of the music at my church from a few weeks back.
It’s not to show how good I am or brag. Hopefully this will be an encouragement and a resource for you.
We’re an average church. I’m a very average singer and musician. I am surrounded by some very talented folks who help cover, but aren’t we all.
What I love about this video is that while the service generally went well, it still shows us warts and all. I’m flat at parts, the sound mix was 100% all the time. We made mistakes. All of the stuff that happens at Real churches all over the world every Sunday.
A couple of things I think you (and I) can take from this video.
1. Watch yourself.
We record each week and we encourage our musicians to review their work. The people have to sit through our stuff and so should we. I picked up on a couple of “chronic” issues in our band that I think we can easily fix.
2. The Organ
If you are using an electric guitar to lead the band, you need to recognize that you aren’t the “lead” or high end instrument. That role needs to now be filled by another guitarist, or strings, or a keyboard. In this case its our keyboardist. We choose to use the Organ sounds a lot because it works really well to fill in the sound and fill out the high end of the sonic spectrum.
3. Overdrive doesn’t equal energy.
Most of the set lists energy came from the drums, the keys, and the arrangement. I only used the overdrive pedal when I wanted my guitar to be more present in the mix or to have a little more punch.
For the gear nerds among us, I’m using a stock American Standard Tele into a Walrus Audio Deep Six Compressor–JHS Morning Glory OD— Caroline Guitar Co Kilobyte LoFi Delay (used on You’re Beautiful)— JHS Little Black Buffer into a Fender Princeton Reverb RI thats in a room off stage and mic’d for stage volume (no reverb or trem used).